Full Day Falconry Experience
- Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
- Product code: PELQ7E
Forest Falconry - a 'hands on' Birds of Prey Experience 9:45-16:00
On arrival you will be greeted by your Falconers for the day. They will introduce you to the flying team which is an assortment of Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles.
We like to get you into the thick of it as soon as possible, so its on with the Falconry Gauntlet and straight into the woodland glade for some hands-on with one of our much loved native species, the Barn and Tawny Owls. You will be enchanted by these silent wonders of the woodland as they glide through the forest to alight upon your glove. These are ideal to start with, allowing you to grow in confidence before you progress to bigger and faster birds.
We will stop for a mid-morning rest where refreshments in the way of Tea and Coffee are supplied. Our European Kestrel will wow you with his speed and agility and you can put your new found skills and confidence to the test when you are the one calling him to your falconry glove. Then, it’s into the Forest to see how all the training comes together in the field with a Harris Hawk. The Harris is a super smart Hunter, who will follow you in the tree canopy as you walk along the wooded paths, regularly returning to your gloved fist along the way.
For those who like the big birds we have one of the world’s biggest species of Owls, the European Eagle Owl. These birds have wingspans of over five feet! Yet are still gentle when they swoop from over 40 feet up a tree to land softly on your glove.
At 1.00pm we say farewell to the morning guests and have a break for lunch in our purpose made Lodge – please bring a packed lunch with you (this can be stored in our spacious fridge). We often have an added lunch guest of a hooded Falcon to make it a lunch to remember. The traditional image of a hooded Falcon has remained unchanged since Medieval times, the lords prize Falcon always had pride of place in the Long Hall.
Train A Deadly Predator
Once you’ve recharged your batteries it’s time to train the Falcon to hunt. You will encourage him to fly at great speed and snatch a lure “replica prey species” which you will be swinging to attract him from distance. It’s at times like this when the Falcon is locked on and closing the gap, that you can truly appreciate how deadly a Predator they truly are.
Meet Our Largest Owls
We are excited and proud to say you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to handle and fly one of the rarer Owls used on experience days; the striking Great Grey Owl and the one of the World’s largest; or the Siberian Eagle Owl, both breathtakingly beautiful.
Introducing Archer- Our juvenile Golden Eagle
We are extremely proud to announce the arrival of our newest member of the team, Archer. He is a stunning baby Golden Eagle who we hope to be introducing to the day as his abilities improve. We are sure you will all enjoy the experience of helping him on his journey to become a fully trained part of the flying team. You will also get to handle Sienna, our Female Golden Eagle for a photo opportunity.
This we hope this will be a day never to be forgotten, and will only fuel your interest further of these incredible creatures.
Please allow 10 minutes before session start time (9:45 am) to be booked in. If you have any doubts about the weather on the morning of your booking please telephone 01794 323310 before leaving home to check whether the activity will still go ahead .
Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and closed footwear.
Don't forget your Camera!
Refreshments, hot and cold drinks will be provided, but Full day participants will need to bring their own lunch and are welcome to use our on-site Fridge, Microwave, Cutlery and Crockery.
PLEASE NOTE; No children under the age of 13 allowed on site and strictly NO DOGS!
You may bring a Spectator (Restricted to One per participant), at a further charge of £25 - this can be added at the time of booking your day and paid for on arrival. Unfortunately, you cannot add a Spectator to the Gift Voucher. Your Spectator will be with you at all times (not watching from a distance!) and they may take as many Photos as they wish.